Crown Iwi Accords
The Accords reflect a commitment between the Crown and Waikato-Tainui to enter a new era of co-management over the Waikato River with the overarching purpose of restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for future generations. The Accords set out how Waikato-Tainui and the Accord partners will establish and maintain a positive, co-operative and enduring relationship regarding the matters set out in the Accords that directly impact the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River in the specified Accord areas. The Accords also ensure that the Crown, through the respective Accord partners, will recognise the exercise of Mana Whakahaere by Waikato-Tainui in relation to the Waikato River.
Joint Management Agreements
The Waikato River Settlement provides for the establishment of Joint Management Agreements (JMAs) between local authorities and Waikato-Tainui. The settlement requires the Waikato Regional Council and territorial authorities, Hamilton City Council, the Waikato District Council and the Waipaa District Council and Waikato-Tainui to enter into a JMA with respect to the Waikato River and activities within its catchment affecting the river. The JMAs provide Waikato-Tainui the opportunity to sit at the table with local authorities and participate in the local government activities so far as they relate to the Waikato River.